La Sportiva's Mountain Cup Jumps out of the Gates with the Rock2Rock

The 13-event race series that spans N. America started with The Rock2Rock in Ashville, N.C. on Friday, May 30.
Author:
Updated:
Original:

The La Sportiva Mountain Cup is a completely new race series that spans North America. The Rock2Rock 10K in Asheville, N.C., launched the 13-event series on Friday, May 30. Runners were treated to a well-organized race, a fun and exciting course, and high caliber competition. Asheville provided a beautiful backdrop, in a unique part of the country that normally only locals get a chance to enjoy.

“When more runners realize what the Southeast has to offer, events like the Rock2Rock - named after the two summits that are traversed - will become destination events like others that take place out west,” said Buzz Burrell, La Sportiva's Mountain Running team captain. “The Southeast has become a hotbed of Mountain Running and trail racing; and many of the courses there are in the European tradition - fast and technical. The local runners were definitely up for it and had a great time.”

The La Sportiva Mountain Cup is composed of 13 of the premier races on the continent. Runners earn points at each event, with the overall Cup winners sharing $25,000 in cash prizes – one of the largest purses in the sport of mountain or trail running.

“The Rock2Rock was the perfect tune-up for what is to come, as the top three men and top two women are both specifically training for Mount Washington in New Hampshire. The cash prize is big; and the game is on,” said Burrell.

Each race in the series is designed to be fun, fast, exciting and very spectator-friendly. Some courses are hill climbs, some are true mountain races, and some are beautiful loops through the forest. Venues were chosen for their exceptional quality and fun factor. Because the courses are so varied, no specialist is favored. The entirety of the Mountain Cup is designed to encourage the recreational runner to participate, to help grow the sport locally, and to raise its national stature.

The Rock2Rock 10K took place near Black Mountain, just outside of Asheville, N.C. It was part of the up-and-coming Asheville Mountain Sports Festival. The staging area is an idyllic summer camp, so runners were happy to mill around after the event, lounging on the grass or swimming in the warm lake.

"Course records fell for both men and women as the brother and sister team of Shiloh Mielke and Meadow Tarves decimated a deep field that included national champions Mark and Anne Lundblad, national trail marathon champion Aaron Saft, and 2008 Mt. Mitchell champion Jason Bryant - along with a host of local trail-running talent,” said Rock2Rock race director Jay Curwen.

Results are available here:
http://mountainrunning.com/pdf/r2r.pdf

A comprehensive race report is available here:
http://www.mountainrunning.com/item.php?id=73

The Mountain Cup will move on to the Northfield Mountain Race, in western Massachusetts on June 7. The epic Mount Washington Road Race in Gorham, New Hampshire, which has been named the 2008 U.S. Mountain Running Championship, follows on June 21.

“Northfield has a tradition of hosting big races,” said Dave Dunham, the race director for the Northfield Mountain Race. “Last year we had a record number of finishers (227) and the number of pre-registered athletes is ahead of last year. Paul Low, the 2007 champion is injured and will not be defending his title. Jason Bryant (La Sportiva) may have the longest drive to Northfield as he makes his way from North Carolina. Bryant finished in third place at the Rock2Rock, which was the first race in the La Sportiva Mountain cup.”

As part of its efforts to promote the Mountain Cup, La Sportiva is partnering with retailers and race directors to promote the races locally. La Sportiva, founded in a small village in the Italian Dolomites, turns 80 years young this year. The La Sportiva Mountain Cup reflects the heritage by bringing European-style trail/mountain racing to the U.S. and Canada.

The La Sportiva Mountain Cup is easy to enter. Complete any race and your points will automatically be scored and totaled. Overall contenders will be scored on their best six races, with $25,000 in cash prizes to be issued at the end of the series. Participants and spectators can follow the Cup throughout the racing season.
For a complete list of venues and to follow the competition, go to:
http://www.mountainrunning.com/mc/

Editor's note: Images of the Rock2Rock are available upon request. Simply email Kris Versteegen at Kris@VerdePR.com.

ABOUT LA SPORTIVA
Celebrating its 80th anniversary, La Sportiva brings a strong alpine mountaineering and climbing heritage to its line of performance mountain footwear. This core experience enables La Sportiva to offer the most versatile technical climbing, mountaineering, Mountain Running® and hiking shoes on the market. For more information on La Sportiva visit www.sportiva.com. Register and get the latest Mountain Running® news, race highlights and training tips at mountainrunning.com.


Here are all of the links:

Results: http://mountainrunning.com/pdf/r2r.pdf

Race report: http://www.mountainrunning.com/item.php?id=73

Venue listing: http://www.mountainrunning.com/mc/venues.php

Scoring/prizes: http://www.mountainrunning.com/mc/score.php

General info: http://www.mountainrunning.com/mc/index.php

Standings: http://www.mountainrunning.com/mc/results.php

Rock2Rock: http://www.rock2rockrun.com/

Related

La Sportiva Mountain Cup Will Push Trail Running to a New Level

La Sportiva is working to expand the reach of competitive trail running throughout the country by partnering with the best trail races in each part of North America. These races will join together to form a competition to determine the fastest mountain runner on two legs. While ...read more

La Sportiva 2008 Mountain Cup Concludes

La Sportiva®, the Italian Mountain Running® footwear brand, is pleased to congratulate the winners of the 2008 La Sportiva Mountain Cup. In the men's category, Shiloh Mielke took home $5,000 for winning the series while his sister Meadow Tarves took home the $5,000 women's ...read more

2011 La Sportiva Mountain Cup: Texas’ Nueces Enduranc

02.23.2011– (Boulder, Colo.) – La Sportiva N.A., makers of technical Mountain Running® footwear, announced the second race of the 2011 La Sportiva Mountain Cup's 10-race national series, the Nueces Endurance Trail Run, in Rocksprings, TX, set for Saturday, March 5th. W.L. ...read more

Next Up for the La Sportiva Mountain Cup: Mt Washington Road Race

La Sportiva N.A., makers of technical climbing, mountaineering, Mountain Running® and hiking footwear announced that their third 2009 Mountain Cup race, presented by GORE-TEX® and Fleet Feet Boulder, is set for this Saturday, June 20. The epic, 49th Mt. Washington Road race, ...read more

La Sportiva Goes Big at the New River Rendezvous

Boulder, Colo. – Perhaps one of the best-kept secrets in American climbing, The New River Gorge, WV is home to some of the best rock climbing routes in the country. Every weekend, this destination climbing location regularly draws climbers from at least eight states in the ...read more

La Sportiva Sees Significant Growth in the Mountain Running®

For spring 2008, La Sportiva increased sales of Mountain Running product by 30-percent over spring 2007. While much of this growth was due to new product introductions, like the Imogeneâ„¢ and the Crossliteâ„¢, existing product, like the Firebladeâ„¢, also contributed to the ...read more

Uwharrie Mountain Run Kicks Off 5th Annual La Sportiva Mountain Cup

Boulder, Colo.) – La Sportiva North America, makers of the world's finest mountain products, announces that the first race of the 2012 La Sportiva Mountain Cup is the Uwharrie Mountain Run, in Ophir, NC. The first race of the 10-race national series is set for tomorrow, ...read more

La Sportiva’s Athletes Converge on Red Rocks Rendezvous

Boulder, Colo. – La Sportiva's team of climbing and mountain running athletes will head out to Las Vegas, Nev. for a weekend of climbing, running and clinics at the fifth annual Red Rocks Rendezvous, March 28-30, 2008. La Sportiva is sponsoring a wide range of clinics from ...read more

La Sportiva Announces Sponsors & Races for 2010 Mountain Cup

La Sportiva N.A., makers of technical climbing, mountaineering, Mountain Running® and hiking footwear announced that Fleet Feet Sports Boulder and W.L. Gore & Associates, makers of the GORE-TEX® brand, have confirmed as presenting sponsors for the 2010 La Sportiva Mountain Cup. ...read more